By Edwin Folven, 2/14/2013
The city of West Hollywood’s ban on single-use plastic shopping bags takes effect on Feb. 20 at supermarkets and retail stores larger than 10,000 square feet.
The ban was approved by the West Hollywood City Council last August. Large stores will be prohibited from supplying single-use plastic shopping bags to customers, and are required to charge 10 cents for single-use recyclable paper bags. Shoppers are encouraged to use reusable bags.
The ban on single-use plastic shopping bags for stores smaller than 10,000 square feet will go into effect in August. West Hollywood’s Plastic Bag Ban is similar to ordinances implemented in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County and cities such as Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Pasadena and Long Beach.
The ban encourages sustainability by replacing plastic bags with reusable bags and paper bags made from recycled materials.
Customers who qualify for subsidized groceries will be exempt from the paper bag fee, and plastic bags will still be provided for produce and raw meat. Restaurants and food service providers will also be exempted, as will farmers markets and drycleaners.